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Deadline is June 8, so don’t wait! I want to see your forbidden craving…
It’s another busy Tuesday for us at Limitless Publishing, and our imprint, Crave Publishing, and the theme for this week seems to be bad boys. Be it mafia or motorcycle clubs, there’s plenty of dark, steamy romance to satisfy even the choosiest reader.
First up, Demons by J.L. Drake, book 2 in the sizzling Devil’s Reach Motorcycle Club series. I’ve been Jodi’s editor for all her books, and must admit I’m a bit partial!
I thought the light would bring redemption.
But it only brought the Devil to my doorstep.
My demons are breaking through, and the reaper is moving closer.
My weakness has been exposed, and there’s only one person who can calm this hell…
I broke a promise to myself, and now I’m paying for it.
I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be a part of this hell.
But I don’t have a choice…
The reaper is riding bitch on our backs.
The Preacher’s Daughter, first in the new Rough Riders MC series by Shelly Morgan…
I’ve always been the preacher’s daughter, their perfect little angel.
But I won’t be their angel anymore. It’s time for me to live my own life.
Little did I know I was stepping straight out of my safe dream…into a nightmare.
The only one who can save me now is a man my daddy calls a devil—a criminal with a leather jacket and tattoos.
But he makes my heart beat…makes me feel alive.
No matter how strong he is, though, hell will claim me again.
She’s too good to be true—too good for a man like me.
But I knew the first time I saw her, I needed to claim her and make her my own.
There are men evil enough to hurt the innocent, defile the sacred, like my Angel.
Those men must die.
I’ve already saved her once. I’ll gladly go to hell and back to do it again.
How about an anthology featuring twelve all-new stories by an amazing cast of authors…for only 99 cents? Craving: Loyalty includes stories about hot mafia men and women, and other heroes and heroines on the darker side of romance.
Noun. ‘A strong feeling of support or allegiance.’
For some, loyalty can be bought. For others, it’s earned. But the thing about loyalty—it can change in an instant. All it takes is one act, one decision, and loyalty shifts to betrayal in the blink of an eye…a sin which cannot go unpunished.
Not in this world.
But sometimes things happen beyond our control, forcing our allegiances to change. Like the mob enforcer who wants nothing more than to seduce the assassin hired to kill him. Or the FBI agent who falls for the woman whose past holds ties with the mafia.
Yet, no matter the reason or motive, the consequences of betrayal are always deadly.
Because in this world everyone is…
Some of you know I’m the Managing Editor for Limitless Publishing and our imprint, Crave Publishing. It truly is the best job in the world. We have so many amazing authors in a variety of genres, and a tight-knit publishing family.
First up, Death & Dust, by Skyla Madi and Limitless Publishing…
I met him in the shadows first. He was tall and broad-shouldered, a man full of heat, passion, and unconditional love meant only for me.
He was my perfect counterpart, my best friend, and the only spark of light in an otherwise cold, dark hell.
But it was never meant to be.
Together, we fought hard in a war that sought only to destroy us, and the casualties are worse than I ever imagined.
Because of Skull…
I lost the closest thing I had to family.
Because of Skull…
I’ll never get the chance to atone for my mistakes.
Because of Skull…
I was no longer Jai’s kitten.
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And now, check out the first in a brand new series, a spin-off of the bestselling Southern Boys series, Whiskey & You by H.J. Bellus and Crave Publishing…
Sometimes it’s the hero who ends up needing a lifeline…
Jack Jarvis York is a ruthless and vindictive oil tycoon who knows no boundaries when he’s been double-crossed. Debtors beware. He’ll slit your throat for a nickel. And make no mistake, he will collect.
You never screw with a man’s pride, money, or oil. It’s Texas Law. Unwritten, yet gospel. They don’t call him the king of Texas for nothing.
When a debtor can’t come up with his money, JJ takes his wife as collateral…
What starts out as a trade-off between bitter men turns into an emotional collision of desire and forbidden love so dangerous, it threatens to destroy even the strongest of empires.
No amount of money will ever rebuild everything that’s been shattered. Jack is left standing in the middle of his own chaos.
Greed and power are the least of his worries now. Death is knocking on his front door, wanting to collect.
The woman he’s given his heart to just might become his collateral this time around. Past sins may trump everything…
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Be sure to visit the Limitless and Crave Facebook pages, because we have Amazon gift card giveaways running right now for these hot new releases! And for even more fun and games and goodies, Crave has a readers’ group, “What Are You Craving?” in which the authors host great events and games and giveaways every week. Visit the group and join so you don’t miss out.
On my to-do list today is to continue work on editing an upcoming Crave release, Mafia Princess by Bella J, first in her new Royal Mafia series and due out on May 8.
Nope, my job does not suck, not even a little bit!
It’s Monday again. Back to work for most, but some of us never really stopped.
When I tell people I’m the Managing Editor for a publisher, it’s hard to define what that means, so I thought I’d give it a shot here. I’m kind of exhausted just thinking about it, so let’s see how I do.
The “editor” part is easy enough to understand. I edit books, working with the authors to get them all bright and shiny and ready for publication, both for my Limitless/Crave authors, and a select group of indie authors.
The “managing” part is much harder to describe. In short, I coordinate with a team of authors, editors, proofreaders, formatters, cover designers, marketing professionals, and the publisher’s executives to move a book through every step in the process, from submission to release.
Honestly, I wear so many hats that most days I am technically nine feet tall.
My first step every morning is checking email, and what I find there sets the tone for the rest of the day. Email might include:
- Receipt of a manuscript I was expecting for my editing schedule
- Lack of receipt of said manuscript, or an email explaining why I don’t have it and begging for “one more day”
- An author with a happy announcement
- An author upset about something
- An author upset about everything
- Other team members being upset about the upset author
- A long email exchange brainstorming new title ideas for a book or series because the original one sucked
- A completed edit from one of my editors to be sent along to the proofreader
- People inquiring about openings in my editing department…often misspelled and poorly punctuated
- Drafts of cover blurbs to be reviewed/revised, and sent to upper management for approval or rejection
- Exchanges with authors about release dates
- Someone asking the same question I’ve already answered six times, as well as posting the information in one of our author groups
- Messages from the cover artists asking where the hell the blurb is for the current project
- An author announcing they have a great idea for a new series, and should they write it now, before they complete the series in progress? (No.)
- Discovery that a newly-signed manuscript is 340,000 words, roughly four times longer than we’d prefer, followed by convincing an editor to tackle working with the author to divide it into palatable bits
And that’s just for starters.
I check the contract status report. If new books are on there, I have to log them all and start planning their edits, proofs, and creation of their book cover art and blurbs. If the author is new to us, I have to email them a welcome, list of instructions, and an overview of our editing process. I also have to check the budget, because none of this stuff is free.
I check the cover design status sheet. Once a book has a release date set, it needs to go on this sheet, and I send the assignments to the artists, giving them ample time to complete the project.
I cross-check all my spreadsheets. Book log (which has columns for every step in the process), blurb sheet (which shows release date and where we are on the writing of the blurb for the online listings and cover), contract sheet, cover design sheet, budget, release calendar, and my personal calendar. Doing this helps me spot inconsistencies or places I dropped a step along the way.
We have Facebook groups for our authors, promotion, a separate group for the authors with our Crave imprint, a readers’ group for Crave books, a group for the authors in our 13 and Carnival horror anthologies, and a readers’ group for them as well. I need to monitor all these, answer questions, cheer-lead a bit, and occasionally smooth ruffled feathers.
Our anthologies are almost a separate process, and somehow I ended up being primarily in charge of coordinating them. I work with the authors of previous anthologies, our marketing team, and the executive team to decide on a theme for the collection, work out submission, editing, proofing, and release dates, write the call for submissions, receive the submissions as they come in, work with submissions to determine which to include in the anthology, notify the authors (chosen and rejected), add newcomers to the relevant Facebook groups, assemble everything and send to the editor…
Are you tired yet? I am.
I love email and Facebook messages. I’d far rather do all business this way, but our CEO often prefers to call and run through a list of things rather than try to sort through email. Her brain works on approximately 48 tracks at a time at 9000 miles per hour, and shifts direction so suddenly and frequently I have permanent whiplash. There are also a few authors who require lengthy discussions or who comprehend complex conversations better by phone. I do it, but every phone call leaves me dying for a very large adult beverage. (I’m not a phone person. I literally only talk to the husband by phone, and that’s extremely rare, as we usually text.)
Once I’m sure no part of this house of cards is in danger of immediate collapse, I can tackle my own daily editing project. Yes, it’s rare for me not to have an edit on deck. Right now, my first truly open date is in September. I figure out where I need to be in the current edit to remain on track to complete by deadline–because I DO NOT miss deadlines.
While editing, I have to keep an eye on email, because it never, ever stops. With authors all around the world, time zones mean nothing. I used to keep email open all the time, but for my own sanity, I had to start logging out in the evenings, being sure authors know they can reach me by Facebook messages if I’m awake, in case of emergency.
Don’t forget I work at home, which means occasionally breaking for laundry, unloading the dishwasher, a snack, a shower, letting the dogs in and out and in and out and inandout, feeding the dogs, making dinner, telling the dogs for the billionth time to shut the hell up because the neighbors are actually allowed to enter and leave their own homes, sit on the porch, or drive their vehicles, though they would not be if I had any say in the matter.
Only when email is relatively quiet and I’ve met my editing goal for the day and no dumpster fires are currently in progress can I ease back a bit and do what I do in my off time, which right now is knitting and Netflix. Still, I have to be available for time-sensitive author-wrangling and question-answering, so I use the pause button and stitch markers a lot.
While it can be a bit overwhelming at times, and there’s never a dull moment, I can’t imagine having any other job, unless maybe professional beverage-tester at a beach bar somewhere is an option.
With all this going on, you can probably figure out why I’m unofficially retired from the Author gig and focusing on blogging, though I’m writing a lot more in the blog than I have on novels over the last few years. Which, I think, is how it’s meant to be.